As you go through treatment with your fertility center, you may find that you are instructed to have a full bladder for some of your appointments. At Dominion Fertility, it has been our experience that patients often don’t know how full the bladder actually needs to be. We don’t want our patients to be horribly uncomfortable, but we also don’t want the procedure to be put on hold while we wait for the bladder to fill. It may seem a bit confusing, so here are some tips on achieving the perfectly full bladder.
What exactly is a “Full Bladder”?
If you feel the urge to urinate, you have probably ingested enough fluid and the bladder is full. You should feel full, not miserable. If you do not have the urge to urinate, you are probably not full enough. Keep drinking fluids. On the other hand, if you can hardly walk because of the discomfort, you are probably too full.
We generally recommend that you begin drinking fluids 2 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. Drink 64 ounces (8 good sized cups) of any fluid you like, and… hold it! A bladder takes time to fill, so if you don’t drink enough, you could be stuck in the office waiting, waiting, waiting to fill. On the flip side, if you arrive and your bladder is overfilled, we can simply have you empty little by little until it is the perfect size. This is not a big deal!
So, if you are going to an appointment for a Mock Cervical Check/, ET, IUI or embryo transfer, you must have a full bladder. If you are going to an appointment for daily routine monitoring or egg retrieval, you do not need to have a full bladder.
Of course, if there is an exception to needing a full / empty bladder, you will get instructions specific to your needs. So, ladies, drink up and fill up!